Possessed by Paul James

Konrad Wert, known as Possessed by Paul James since 2005, is an American folk singer, songwriter and musician from Lee County, Florida.[1] His music is composed of string instruments including banjo, guitar and fiddle with roots within folk, blues and punk. He was raised in a small Mennonite Community among pacifists, service workers and transplants. He lives in Texas with his wife and sons selling his music online and going on tours. He is also a special education teacher in Kerrville, Texas.[2]

Possessed by Paul James
Birth nameKonrad Wert
Also known asPossessed by Paul James
BornJuly 26, 1976
Immokalee, Florida
GenresAlternative country, folk, country, bluegrass, antifolk, blues, punk
Instrument(s)banjo, guitar, fiddle, stomp box

At the end of 2013 There Will Be Nights When I'm Lonely was released with Hillgrass Bluebilly Records. The album initially charted at #12 on Billboard Magazine under the Country/Bluegrass genre. National Public Radio, CMT, MTV featured both articles and tracks from the release. The New York Times stated "PPJ [was] a one man folk wonder"[3] and was featured at one of the top concerts of the 2014 Pickathon Music Festival in Oregon.[4]


Title Album details Peak positions
US Grass
Possessed by Paul James
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: SYA Records
Cold and Blind
The Revival Tour
  • Release date: 2009[5]
  • Label: Ten Four Records
Feed the Family
  • Release date: September 21, 2010[6]
  • Label: Hillgrass Bluebilly Records
Live at Antone's
  • Release date: 2012
  • Label: Normandeep Blues Records
There Will Be Nights When I'm Lonely
  • Release date: October 29, 2013
  • Label: Hillgrass Bluebilly Records
As We Go Wandering
  • Release date: 2020
  • Label: PPJ Records
Fighting For Our Own Survival
  • Release date: June 16, 2023
  • Label: PPJ Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ One in a Million
  2. ^ "Konrad Wert, a.k.a. Possessed by Paul James, draws spotlight from Billboard charts, NPR and NY Times before returning (yet again) to EMU". 13 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ Caramanica, Jon (4 August 2014). "Photos from the Pickathon Music Festival". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (29 December 2014). "Sounds That Lingered: Critics' Top 10 Concerts". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Ten Four Records Archived 2009-08-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES – FEED THE FAMILY". ninebullets.net. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2011-04-08.